Metro explains change in shooting timeline


Metro Police Undersheriff Kevin McMahill went on KNPR news radio to discuss with host Joe Shoenmann, the shooting on the night of Oct. 1 at the Route 91 music festival.

On Monday, an updated timeline about when the Mandalay Bay security guard was shot was released by the sheriff, raising many questions.

McMahill addressed that in a wide-ranging interview. He talked about everything from the new revised timeline to rumors of a second shooter and the confusion that still surrounds 
the shooting.

Investigators originally said that Stephen Paddock checked in to Mandalay Bay on Sept. 28. They now say he checked in on Sept. 25. A full three days earlier.

What’s getting even more attention is that Metro Police made a significant adjustment to their timeline. 

They now say that Paddock shot and wounded Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos at 9:59 p.m., a full six minutes before he started firing into the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival.

Metro says that Campos arrived on the 32nd floor to investigate a door alarm. When he tried to get in through the stairwell — only to find the door didn’t open —  Campos also heard drilling. He then called for maintenance. A maintenance man also arrived on scene and as they checked on the door, Paddock started firing hundreds of rounds at them through his suite door. This all happened minutes before Paddock turned his attention to the crowd below.

“We now know that he went over and began firing into the crowd. So, either way we know that the subject was disrupted in whatever his particular plan was. I can’t give you 100 percent confirmation of that individual’s mindset at that particular point, but I can tell you that I’m confident that he was not able to fully execute this heinous plan and it had everything to do with being disrupted, not only by security and maintenance, but the rapid response of Metro,” said Undersheriff Kevin mMcMahill.

He also addressed rumors of additional shooters saying he is 100 percent confident Paddock was the only shooter responsible for firing into the concert crowd.

McMahill said, even Metro feared there was more than one shooter when gunfire broke out, but some of that was because of confusion when victims were taken away from the scene of the concert by Good Samaritans, friends and family.

A victim at a new location away from the concert may have translated into a new shooting, but Metro worked for hours to make sure there weren’t any additional active shooters that night.

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